Dean's Office (School of Medicine) Records, 1916-2020

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Summary

Creator:
Williams, Robert Sanders and Duke University. School of Medicine. Dean's Office.
Abstract:
Contains records originating in Duke School of Medicine's Dean's Office. Includes R. Sanders (Sandy) Williams administrative records; a small amount of Wilburt C. Davison reprints; Medical Center Executive Committee meeting materials; posters from the Dean's Office Noteworthy Posters Series; a portrait of Edward W. Holmes; and Dean Klotman and Duke University School of Medicine's "Turning a Moment into a Movement: Dismantling Racism in the Duke School of Medicine and Beyond" video and discussion, which is affiliated with Moments to Movement, Duke Health's collective stand against systemic racism and injustice. Materials date from 1916 to 2020.
Extent:
19.5 Linear Feet (13 cartons, 1 manuscript box, 2 flat boxes, 1 CD box) and 0.98 GB
Collection ID:
AR.0148

Background

Scope and content:

The bulk of the materials contain subject files from the School of Medicine's Dean's Office. Types of materials are correspondence, reports, emails, schedules, notes, planning, digital files, contracts, presentations, vendor information, and philanthropic foundation materials, and Wilburt C. Davison reprints. Also includes the Medical Center Executive Committee meeting materials and Dean's Office "Noteworthy Posters Series" and a portrait of Edward W. Holmes. Also includes the Dean Klotman and the School of Medicine's "Turning a Moment into a Movement: Dismantling Racism in the Duke School of Medicine and Beyond" video and panel discussion, which is affiliated with Duke Health's Moment to Movement, Duke Health's collective stand against systemic racism and injustice. Materials date from 1916 to 2020.

Biographical / historical:

Dean's Office
From the establishment of Duke University School of Medicine in 1927 until 1999, the Chancellor and the Dean of the School of Medicine were the same positions. In 1999, the positions split, and the Dean's office became separate from the Chancellor's office. The new role was named Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs and Dean, School of Medicine.
The Dean of Duke University School of Medicine, advised by a leadership team of vice deans, chief diversity and communications officers, department chairs, and institute directors. Associate and assistant deans also assist the dean with the oversight and management of the School of Medicine's clinical faculty, basic science faculty, health professions students, PhD students, and staff employees.
There have been seven deans of the School of Medicine. They are listed below.

  • Wilburt C. Davison, 1927-1960
  • Barnes Woodhall, 1960-1964
  • William G. Anlyan. 1964-1989
  • Ralph Snyderman, 1989-1999
  • Edward W. Holmes. 1999-2000
  • R. Sanders Williams, 2001-2007
  • Nancy C. Andrews, 2007-2017
  • Mary E. Klotman, 2017-current

R. Sanders (Sandy) Williams
R. Sanders (Sandy) Williams was born in Athens, Georgia, in 1948. He received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University in 1970 and his MD from Duke University School of Medicine in 1974. Williams completed his residency in internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, as well as a cardiology fellowship at Duke. He was a Professor of Medicine at Duke from 1980 to 1990. Williams left Duke to take a professorship at the University of Texas' Southwestern Medical Center where he directed cardiovascular research and medicine. Williams returned to Duke in 2001 to take the role of Dean of the School of Medicine. In 2007, he became the Senior Vice Chancellor, taking on a direct leadership role for Duke's global strategy in 2008. He was the founding Dean of the Duke-NUS Gradate Medical School of Singapore and lead negotiator for major Duke programs in China and elsewhere abroad. Until 2010, he was the Richard and Patricia Johnson University Professor Senior Vice Chancellor and Senior Advisor for International Strategy at Duke. After leaving Duke, Williams became President of Gladstone Institutes, Gladstone's Robert W. and Linda L. Mahley Distinguished Professor, as well as a Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He was a director of the Bristol-Meyers Squibb Company from 2006 to 2013. He came director of Amgen in 2014. Williams is also on the board of directors for the Laboratory Corporation of America (LabCorp).
Williams' specialties are in biochemistry, cardiology, cardiovascular diseases, developmental biology, and molecular biology. He has discovered genes, proteins, and pathways that control development, proliferation, cell size, and differentiation of cardiac and skeletal muscle cells (myocytes). His laboratory defined basic principles of how these cells adapt to changing physiological demands associated with exercise or disease states.
Williams has been active in professional societies and editorial boards of academic journals. He has served as President of the Association of University Cardiologists, Chairman of the Research Committee of the American Heart Association, on the editorial boards of leading biomedical journals, on the Advisory Committee to the Director of the National Institutes of Health, and on the Board of External Advisors of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. He has been elected into the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Science, Alpha Omega Alpha, the American Society for Clinical Investigation, and the Association of American Physicians. In 2005, he received the Pioneer Award from the Samuel Dubois Cook Society for his social justice work.

Acquisition information:
Accession A2013.003 (transferred, January 2013), Accession A2014.010 (transferred by Marty Greenway, April 2014), Accession A2017.001 (transferred by Carolyn Mackman, January 2017), Accession A2017.015 (transferred by Mary Greenway, March 2017), Accession A2017.048 (transferred by Donna Salvo, November 2017), Accession A2019.074 (transferred by Rene Hamilton, July 2019), Accession A2020.070 (transferred by Rebeka Branagan, December 2020)
Processing information:

Processed by Lucy Waldrop: January 2017, March 2017, November 2017, July 2019, December 2020

Arrangement:
Organized into the following series: R. Sanders Williams, 1916-2012; Medical Center Executive Committee, 2007-2015; DukeMed Noteworthy Posters, undated; Artwork, 2008, Digital Files, 2020.
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This collection may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals or IRB approval may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which Duke University assumes no responsibility.
Contains Medical Center Administrative records. These include records of the officers of the University, as defined in the Bylaws, the deans of schools and colleges, and departments, institutes, and other offices as designated by the President. For a period of twenty-five years from the origin of the material, permission in writing from the director of the office of record and the Medical Center Archivist is required for use. After twenty-five years, records that have been processed may be consulted with the permission of the Medical Center Archivist. (Issued by the Office of the Chancellor, December 1, 1975).
Contains Records of the Board of Trustees of the Duke University Medical Center. These include minutes and supporting documentation of the Board, its Executive Committee, standing and ad hoc committees, reports, studies, and the like presented solely to the Board. Records which have been existence for at least fifty years are available for scholarly research with the permission of the Medical Center Archivist. Access to records which have been in existence for less than fifty years shall be granted only by special permission, in writing, of the Medical Center Board of Trustees.
Collection must be screened for sensitive or confidential materials before being accessed. For further information consult with the Medical Center Archivist.

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Boilerplate Copyright Notice: Copyright for Official University records is held by Duke University; all other copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

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[Identification of item], Dean's Office (School of Medicine) Records, Duke University Medical Center Archives.